Everything Proof

Sometimes I really struggle when I sit down and read a passage of scripture because I feel like it takes forever to get to the point!  Recently, though, I’ve been asking God to help me better understand his word and now I’m actually slowing down my reading and starting to process what is being said.  Recently I did that with 1 Peter and discovered something life changing!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  Though you have not seen him, you love him.  Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”  1 Peter 1:3-12

The Bible has a lot of adjectives and commas and sometimes that makes it difficult to really understand the point!  But here’s the gist of the first few verses.  I praise you God because you called out to me and showed me I could be saved because of Jesus’ death on the cross.  And why did you save me?  So I could have eternity with you.  Now there’s a reason to praise and that’s just the beginning!

I have a six year old son who is ALL BOY!!!! When he and his dad sit down to play and the inevitable battle of the trucks takes place, it becomes a competition to see who has the strongest truck.  It starts with tires that won’t go flat, glass that won’t break, an engine that won’t malfunction, and so on until Evan finally declares “Oh yeah, well my truck is everything proof!!”  And that’s exactly what God is saying when he describes heaven as imperishable, undefiled and unfading.  Heaven is everything proof!

Continuing on in the scripture…

“In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith – more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire – may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  Though you have not seen him, you love him.  Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

What is Peter saying?  We should embrace our trials because God uses them to prove that we love him.  God gives us trials so our faith can be strengthened and he can be glorified.  Successfully walking through a trial makes us more like Christ and the more we become like him, the less likely we are to miss heaven.  I like to think of it this way – the earthly struggles assure our eternal inheritance.  Now that’s a perspective changer!  Facing trials is so much easier when know they are for a greater purpose.

Finally Peter encourages to keep pushing through.  We haven’t seen God face to face but we have experienced him as he brings us joy in our trials.  So rejoice!  Our trials should fill us with joy because they shape us into the image of our creator and assure our inheritance in eternity.

Isn’t God’s Word amazing!

 

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